Do Liberals Actually Want To Win Elections?June 26th, 2012 10:59 pm Gene Lyons
Color my neck red, but I often suspect some “progressives” are more interested in demonstrating moral superiority than winning elections. Vicarious participation in emotionally satisfying public spectacles renders them incapable of thinking about how presumptively unenlightened voters might react. And yes, I’m talking about you, MSNBC.
That woman holding a big sign for the TV cameras reading “I am a SLUT with a VAGINA, and I vote,” at a feminist pep rally in Michigan isn’t thinking about how badly President Obama needs her state’s electoral votes. Nor how close polls show the Michigan contest to be. She’s thinking about demonstrating her contempt for Republican legislators.
It rarely occurs to such people that they might be driving voters in the opposite direction. Any more than it occurred to the dopes that showed up at early Tea Party rallies carrying guns. (Interesting how that’s quit happening, isn’t it?) Their first principle, always and everywhere, is displaying their righteousness.
But more about Michigan’s genital nomenclature dispute later.
The countercultural left, of course, has enjoyed alienating drones since Woodstock. But hippies aren’t the problem today. Indeed, it’s the posturing of highly-paid TV celebrities that has helped drive the Moral Indignation Wing of the Democratic Party into politically awkward positions in three critical swing states—at least two of which President Obama must win to be re-elected.